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medicare has issued a warning. what is that warning? is anyone listening? steve moore joins us live. steve is the senior economic writer for the "wall street journal" editorial page. center for medicare and medicaid service has a warning what is it? >> this bill is going to cost more than expected. this bill was intended to cut the costs of the health insurance system so we could all afford greater access to health care. what this medicare actuary said it is going to what they call ben the cost curve up to state cost will rise over time they won't fall down. that's what mr. obama said. they project over the next 10 years that the increase in the cost of medicare is going to be 200 billion dollars that a big number twice the size of the california budget. >> greta: is that in contrast to what the congressional budget office said? >> a higher number. >> greta: now we've got two very different numbers. did they use different methodology at arriving at the numbers? >> medicare they think the cost are going to accelerate more. remember there's two parallel programs there's medicare they didn't
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the medicare advantage. we did nursing home standards and passed the law 25 years ago and have never had a hearing on that. long-term care insurance, are consumers protected? june 16th, termination of individual health insurance policies. if you are buying an individual family policy eiffel application, right? we had two hearings on this. when you fill up the insurance policy, most companies have about 1400 different codes. you go to the local drugstore in the fill up the prescription. if you trigger a code that will review your policy because with that code triggered might be very expensive medical treatment might be facing in the future and therefore they will jump you -- dump you. for instance, one family as they were filling out the form the told him to put out he was 180 pounds but he was really 250 pounds. they dumped him and said he lied on his application. when it terminated from your health insurance policy, who do you appeal to? the company that just the end user you do not have a repeal rights. -- the company that just dumped you so you don't have repeal rights. they're all ki
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. it will cost us more? >> the center for medicare services says it will cost .6%, almost 1% more. so democrats are saying, hey, this is pretty good. only 1% increase. we're having tremendous increases every year. although this past year we had the lowest increase in a long time. a little over 4% based on the recession. however, that's not the real story. the real story in that report also says that doctors and hospitals will find it unprofitable, perhaps, to take medicare and may, in fact, move away from accepting medicare patients. >> that's the real take away in that report. >> then if -- if the pool of doctors who take medicare patients shrinks, does that lead to what some have referred to as rationing simply because there will be fewer to pick from? >> absolutely. in an alcoholic since, rationing and leads to increased prices for health consumers based on demand, and what it's going to lead to is we have now medicare increases of about 8% a year historically. the government is saying with this plan, we're going to cut medicare a half trillion dollars. can that really be done based upon the
, medicare and otherwise, being asked to pay for that additional -- setting aside something that unionized workers will not have to face for an additional five years? >> i think some of the revenue questions are obviously part of the discussions that are ongoing. the president has made a commitment that he will keep to ensure that this legislation is fully paid for. again, it is something that is a little different that is going on in washington these days. this is a proposal that will be scored and it will be rendered a judgment as to the fact that the president will pay for every ççdime in this bill. the compensated for in taxes for additional medicare savings? >> again, i think some of the discussions are ongoing. >> on healthcare, the last month or six weeks you all have proceeded with no republican support, no republican negotiations as far as anyone can tell, 60-40 votes. and it looked like you were on the glide path to passing it in the senate's with democratic- only boats. you now faced the prospect in çmassachusettsç of possibly needing a republican vote. is there some reg
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. there is a medicare benefit that may qualify you for a new power chair or scooter at little or no cost to you. imagine... one scooter or power chair that could improve your mobility and your life. one medicare benefit that, with private insurance, may entitle you to pay little to nothing to own it. one company that can make it all happen ... your power chair will be paid in full. the scooter store. hi i'm doug harrison. we're experts at getting you the power chair or scooter you need. in fact, if we qualify you for medicare reimbursement and medicare denies your claim, we'll give you your new power chair or scooter free. i didn't pay a penny out of pocket for my power chair. with help from the scooter store, medicare and my insurance covered it all. call the scooter store for free information today. >>> time for some of your top stories. u.s. diplomats have apologized to a spanish politician after the fbi used his facial features as part of a digitally enhanced wanted poster of osama bin laden. on the left is a picture of the al qaeda leader in his usual headdress. the other one depictsing him without
insurance and effort to fix the earlier cuts to doctors under medicare, all of which can add to costs but are not counted. >> we believe the american people need to understand that then the cost to government state and federal is $2.1 trillion. >> perhaps we should call this the mark mcgwire bill. why? because spending is on steroids and there is no transparency. >> the president wasn't at the meeting the entire time but the meeting went on for hours as the democrats struggled to find common ground between the house and senate. new york democrat charles rangel says the democrats are facing serious problems on both sides of the capital. getting a bill passed at all. tomorrow, the president will try to improve the chances by going to capitol hill to make a personal plea to all house democrats. bret? >> bret: okay. we'll stay on it. jim, thank you. we will look at the effect of the haiti earthquake and the u.s. response when the fox all-stars join me after the break. ooo >>> this is a time when we're reminded of the common humanity that we all share. with just a few hundred miles of ocea
, it will raise taxes, it will hurt medicare, it will destroy jobs and run our nation deeper into debt. >> welcome back to "hardball" live from doyle's cafe in boston. what is that republican victory for scott brown in massachusetts mean? joining me now political analyst lawrence o'donnell. if you were back here advises these senators, how auto would you do it? >> my advice was always confidential. i don't see any way you go forward from here with health care. now i'm not saying they can't do it. i've run bills through the senate in reconciliation. i've done them without reconciliation that needed 60-vote thresholds to get over. i know every procedure that's available now. i don't know one that can work. within the reconciliation procedure, what everyone always forgets that every single day, usually several times a day, there are 60 vote thresholds that you have to clear. these are parliamentary procedural thresholds that get thrown inside the reconciliation process and, yes, you only need 51 at the end and you don't need a closure vote to get to that 51, but you have several procedural votes that
and res regulation out there. >> humana is up nicely and they have a big medicare advantage program. look at other side of this. the hospital stocks have been under pressure here today like universal health or tenet health care. why has that -- why would they be under pressure at this point? because with no health care reform, less people might be insured so that expense wouldn't be alalleviated. that would be an issue for them as well. each if the republicans win, a number of people noted the house could pass the senate bill that was already passed and simply move on to president obama for his signature. that would be politically con ro veshl. japan airlines declaring bankruptcy. what? the japanese bailed them out four times in ten years and this time they just cut them loose and decided to let them go. that sent shock waves through the industry. amr and delta, by the way, are vying for a close relationship with japan airlines. amr already has one. the important thing is we're looking for some signs that maybe they could get a deeper relationship in the future here. we'll get amr and con
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senator ben nelson? apparently he is asking for money for his state that would be used for medicare and he's asking not to take it anymore? guest: this was done essentially to get senator nelson's vote. it was to expand federal funding for medicare in nebraska. some said great, but what about our state? senator nelson took a lot of heat for this. he's a conservative leaning democrat in a strongly republican state. he's gone around the state and done all kinds of ads to explain his position, and finally he said to senator reed, let's take this off the table. he said let's give it to all states or take it out entirely. host: wlats going on in massachusetts -- with what's going on in massachusetts, how long until he could be sworn into the senate? guest: this is a matter of contention. you haveçó democratic-leaning officials in massachusetts saying it may take two weeks to officially process the win. thers÷ tradition in the senate it is not disputed, you get that person in there as quickly as possible. i can bet republicans would be crying foul if democrats tried to string this out and lea
assistance getting around their homes. there is a medicare benefit that may qualify you for a new power chair or scooter at little or no cost to you. imagine... one scooter or power chair that could improve your mobility and your life. one medicare benefit that, with private insurance, may entitle you to pay little to nothing to own it. one company that can make it all happen ... your power chair will be paid in full. the scooter store. hi i'm doug harrison. we're experts at getting you the power chair or scooter you need. in fact, if we qualify you for medicare reimbursement and medicare denies your claim, we'll give you your new power chair or scooter free. i didn't pay a penny out of pocket for my power chair. with help from the scooter store, medicare and my insurance covered it all. call the scooter store for free information today. >> shannon: there's one report saying the arctic will be without nice a matter of decades. whether global warming is to blame sauls a heated subject. former astronaut has seen the polar icecaps from outer space he joins us with a different perspective. welcom
.m., and join cnn when the polls close. the entire time is on that story. medicare. it doesn't cover everything. >>> well, a bit of relief in quake-ravaged haiti. survivors jammed the fence of the presidential palace and cheer as scores of u.s. paratroopers land on the palace grounds. some haitians welcomed the troops, hoping they'll stem outbreaks of looting and violence. others say what's needed is not more troops but more food and water and medical supplies. relief supplies may be slow in coming, but they are on their way, and air force cargo planes dropped about 55,000 pounds of food and bottled water into haiti yesterday. a lot of you may be wondering just where the aid is going. four food distribution points have been set up by the u.n. world food program in port-au-prince. you can see those locations on the map. the u.n. says all four should be up and running in the coming days. >>> now, folks trying to help out in haiti have hit all kinds of roadblocks. some literal, some avoidable, some not. former ambassador to haiti, william jones, he's a former u.s. ambassador to haiti, williams jon
in afghanistan at large? answers, next. who need assistance getting around their homes. there is a medicare benefit that may qualify you for a new power chair or scooter at little or no cost to you. imagine... one scooter or power chair that could improve your mobility and your life. one medicare benefit that, with private insurance, may entitle you to pay little to nothing to own it. one company that can make it all happen ... your power chair will be paid in full. the scooter store. hi i'm doug harrison. we're experts at getting you the power chair or scooter you need. in fact, if we qualify you for medicare reimbursement and medicare denies your claim, we'll give you your new power chair or scooter free. i didn't pay a penny out of pocket for my power chair. with help from the scooter store, medicare and my insurance covered it all. call the scooter store for free information today. patti ann: this is a "fox news alert," new video into "america's newsroom" from a taliban attack in the afghan capital. watch what came they've salts from an overseas news agency. >> taking positions on rooft
it doesn't cover can cost you some money. that's why you should consider... an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan... insured by united healthcare insurance company. it can help cover some of what medicare doesn't... so you could save up to thousands of dollars... in out-of-pocket expenses. call now for this free information kit... and medicare guide. if you're turning 65 or you're already on medicare, you should know about this card; it's the only one of its kind... that carries the aarp name -- see if it's right for you. you choose your doctor. you choose your hospital. there are no networks and no referrals needed. help protect yourself from some of what medicare doesn't cover. save up to thousands of dollars... on potential out-of-pocket expenses... with an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan... insured by united healthcare insurance company. call now for your free information kit... and medicare guide and find out... how you could start saving. >>> there's a look at futures after we got the citigroup numbers about 25 minutes ago. we have erased some of our losses, but it's
lieberman and senator nelson. the other thing is to start over again and add medicare, add 55-year-olds up to medicare, which is what the senate was thinking about doing in the first place. there's a big advantage if you do that. you don't get universal insurance and insurance reform, but the senate bill has very little reform in it anyway. you get per insured rate away who can't get it because they're over 55. i think that kind of approach is the kind of approach i would use. get it done, have it easy to understand. the expansion of medicare is easy to understand. we can run it through reconciliation pretty quickly. you don't have a choice. if you're going to get anything done in the senate from this point on, it's going to be through reconciliation. >> governor dean, thank you very much. we have to take a quick break right now, and we'll be checking in with scott brown's headquarters. hevy tahoe, south on i-75, near exit 5. we're on it. onstar, we may have that tahoe. ok, i'll flash the lights. we got it. it's in the clear. i'm sending a signal to cut the power. we got him. mr. ross, the
. it'll raise taxes, it'll raise taxes, it'll hurt medicare, it will destroy jobs around run our nation deeper into debt. >> the republican victory is a major setback for the obama administration. it could make it harder, if not impossible to pass his health care bill, the overhaul we've been waiting to hear about. >>> 6:06, around here, we have pipes bursting, teachers trying to teach, police trying to protect. >> what's a governor to do? >> linda sow, it's money this morning. >> balancing this budget isn't easy. there's $2 billion gap. the governor is taking a different approach. o'malley wants to dip into reserve funds and use accounting maneuvers to spare the hole. o'malley outlined his budget proposal in annapolis on tuesday. republicans argue it's all a ploy to get through the election year and once that's over, expect to see a major tax hike next year. >> fund transfers, uh, that are not ongoing cuts, uh, shifting operating budget into the capital budget and taking federal stimulus dollars are all a bad prescription that may serve to get the administration past the november elect
from, you know, the senate version where ben nelson took $100 million medicare and medicaid payoff and decided to sign on the dotted line. how does it get there the house now? >> well, i hope that bart stupak remains stalworth. the problem with so many moderate democrats we have seen them fold every time. ben nelson did. now he has a huge backlash from his constituents. not just on the bribery part, but also on the abortion funding part of it as well. he's retreating. he's saying now he's saying oh, i think everybody should get the same deal i did. how are they going to pay for that on top of that? how is it going to get through? well, of course, the democrats who are in full freak-out mode are gaming this all out. it's possible that the senate might try to force the house to swallow what they put through. so they could expedite it on the timeline. but i think another thing that people have to worry about here is what is going on, on the ground, in massachusetts over this weekend? we talked about the unions, the service employees international union. they will be putting at least 3
this more complicated than it needs to be. we've abandoned some of the principles like expanding medicare. a lot of voters don't like the direction we're going on health care. but if we don't have 60 votes -- i keep hearing the senators say without 60, they can't pass anything. well, it looks like they may not have 60. >> do you know what the speaker's talking about when she says it will happen one way or the other? >> they're talking about the negotiations at the white house, it seems to have a flavor of whistling past the graveyard. i don't think negotiating around the 60 vote senate majority makes a lot of sense, late tonight -- i hope that martha coakley wins, but if we don't, it dramatically changes the environment. look, the republicans have said that if they get this 41st vote, they're going to use it to kill health care. i think we should take them at their word. >> what do you do? do progressive members agree to pass the senate bill? or do they hope to finetune something and use reconciliation? do you punt? what do you do? >> i think we need to take a step back and get the messag
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dollars cut from medicare, you're going to look at blogger lines and less coverage. we know we need to reform pricing and it's something we are doing shortly but today we will have a one-size-fits-all plan in congress is going to come down here in massachusetts and heard what we have, that is one of the difference between martha coakley and ipt were talking to a trillion dollar health care plan, half a trillion dollars in medicare cuts at a time we just needed. i would propose actually going and allowing the states to do it individually with the government incentivizing it. similar to what we did here. we could export out what we've done and show them how to do it, so i'm looking forward to having the opportunity to be the 41st vote and make sure that we get that back to the drawing board. >> this coakley. >> thank you comedy for hosting us these evening. i would be proud to be the 60 votes to make sure we get health care reform we badly need. we've taken the lead in massachusetts and getting it to be in short and now we are attacking costs to make sure we provide for transparency a
him to pass the overhaul on healthcare. >> when you have that no medicare for nebraska and seiu doesn't have to pay the cadillac tax. when you have those three things, even people in massachusetts and cambridge with their little lattes, that is not change we can believe in. >> with the volunteers row vol. >> bill: even the pinheads at the school. >> be for real. you have been inside the sausage factory and you know how legislation gets made. >> bill: change you can believe in is change you can believe it. don't give me sausage factory. >> mary katharine is right on the -- medicare prescription drug coverage, he didn't even provide for the added cost to the government. >> bill: all anybody remembers is the guy was running around for a year, barack obama, going say, i'm not like the others, i'm a good guy and i will bring in hope that you can believe and cake. >> he also said he would bring in bipart stanship. >> bill: i don't care about that because you can't biv in a bipartisanship. >> i think it would have helped him on healthcare if he had some republicans. by letting pelosi and rei
as to what's going to happen to the medicare advantage program. there are deals being made, as i understand, that are not going to have a program with the medicare advantage program. people are not being told what's going on, and that's the biggest concern. not knowing. the seniors have always had a bright outlook on our government, and i think that that is changing -- or has changed in this last two years because of the fact that we have people going behind closed doors, governor -- i mean pelosi, reid and obama, if they lived in the state of wisconsin, where we have what's called an open meeting law, they would be sued so fast they would not know what happened to them. i am so disappointed, along with my friends and neighbor s. i live -- i have a medicare advantage plan, and it's network health insurance. they are located in menash, wisconsin, in my back yard. they have taken care of their clientele, they're interested in our health issues. now, aarp is affiliated with united health, they are one of the biggest insurance companies in the united states. isn't it interesting, united health
medicare in ten years, the cbo says that course of action would reduce the decifit by 132 billion. critics, however, are extremely skeptical. >> there's a number of things that make that highly implausible, dubious, it assumes it will be cut 20 percent by 2011 and stay there indefinitely. if you just take that out, just that one on its own, take it out of the equation, the bill goes from being a small decifit reducer to being a large decifit increaser. >> that's known as the doctor fix, jane, and that alone would put the bill in the red. jane: this doctor fix, jim, has been a long standing issue, it isn't, though, in the versions that are currently out there, right? >> no, because it costs too much. keep in mind, this is an effort to undo one of congress' previous efforts to reduce medicare spending. lawmakers have been trying to fix it for years, because they were cutting medicare payments to doctors or reducing care for elderly, not to mention getting a lot of lawmakers thrown out of congress, so they all pledged to fix it, it was originally in both the house and senate bills, but fixing
movement, social security, medicare, the minimum wage, the 40-hour week, the civil-rights act, the voting rights act -- that is what made the united states a beacon of hope in a confused and divided world. but to many people now take for granted government rolls as protector of wall street and the privilege. they see middle-class americans as overpaid and underworked. as the social security as a problem -- they see social security as a problem rather than the only piece of our retirement system that actually work. they feel sorry for homeless people but fail to see the connection between downsizing and outsourcing in inequality and homelessness. the republicans offered the middle class the false hope of tax cuts. the end up in reaching the rich, devastating the middle-class by destroying institutions like public education and social security that make the middle class possible. are you try to tell me something? >> yes, we are now in your question and answer period. [laughter] >> we're going to start with a question and answer period. >> i can wrap up and a couple of minutes but not 30 sec
. we do not need what is being pushed in washington on massachusetts, spending $500 million on medicare? we know we need to reform and that is something we're going to be doing very shortly. to think that we need of one size fits all plan from congress, coming down here and hurting what we have? that is one of the differences between martha coakley and i. at a time when we just do not needed. i would propose going and allowing states to do this individually with the government incentivizing it. we can export what we have done and show them how to do it. i am looking forward to be the party -- the 41st vote and get that plan back to the drawing board. >> thank you for hosting us here this evening. i would be proud to be the 60th vote to make sure that we need health care reform that was so badly need. we have taken the lead here in massachusetts, and now we are attacking the cost to provide competition and transparency to bring the costs down. we spent $2.60 trillion on health care in this country. we do not get our money. we do not have transparent terry -- transparency in competition.
it comes to pass. we're back in a moment. there is a medicare benefit that may qualify you for a new power chair or scooter at little or no cost to you. imagine... one scooter or power chair that could improve your mobility and your life. one medicare benefit that, with private insurance, may entitle you to pay little to nothing to own it. one company that can make it all happen ... your power chair will be paid in full. the scooter store. hi i'm doug harrison. we're experts at getting you the power chair or scooter you need. in fact, if we qualify you for medicare reimbursement and medicare denies your claim, we'll give you your new power chair or scooter free. i didn't pay a penny out of pocket for my power chair. with help from the scooter store, medicare and my insurance covered it all. call the scooter store for free information today. >>> the stakes are high in massachusetts. tomorrow, voters hit the polls and decide who will fill the see the of ted kennedy. it looks like democrats for the first time in decades could lose the seat. if that happens, they lose the ability to stave off
at the end, how do you make up the cuts for the medicare, how do you bring in the revenue to make sure this is budget-neutral? >> well, that is the whole issue, bill. this is supposed to bring in $150 billion, this health insurance tax, the caddy tax, is supposed to bring in $115 billion in ten years, if you bring in less money than that, where do you get, where do you make up the shortfall, where do you make it up elsewhere? the possibility, or the unions want is that you tax the rich, a 5 percent surtax on people, couples making a million dollars a year or more, that's included in the house version. that's what the unions want. bill: stu, thank you for that, nice of you to size it up and you look great this morning coming in your rolls royce. >> thank you. bill: a great parking lot, too. >> it's a bentley! martha: he's a great parallel parker. also on the health care overhaul this morning, check out these new polls that show opinions about the legislation is hitting new lows in this country. look at these numbers, the radson report from last week asked likely voters will the quality
the bill, they understand the taxes and half a trillion dollars cut in medicare. they get it. the bill is a loser and if it's a loser in massachusets, imagine what it is in missouri and mississippi and montana. jieg jieg -- gregg: i've got to stop you there. you're the guy that said coakley ran an abysmal campaign, deplete with joe biden like a gas every day, so would republicans miscalculate if they were to read this race as a microcosm of the larger national political mood? >> absolutely. first of all you have to understand how hard it is for a democrat to lose in massachusets. every congressman is a democrat. 90 percent of the legislature is democrat. she didn't run the hindenberg campaign, she didn't run a titanic campaign, she ran the hindenberg running into the titanic campaign. gregg: i think you're reading into much into it. >> i think republicans need a learn a lesson, scott brown, a republican that reflects local values, he's not a conservative, he's a new england republican, it is an easy to get, friendly guy. you can't be the most angry guy in the man and win. gregg: i'm g
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a more rarified tax on the rich or a medicare payroll tax applied either to high income earners or unearned income, capital gains. various reports today suggest the final bill -- and this would be the final, final bill -- could go to the congressional budget office as early as this weekend presuming deals are struck on other issues including immigration and abortion and whether insurance plans are offered and regulated on a state level or national one, not to mention a new hitch, the inclusion today of senator joe lieberman in these talks as well, rollcall.com reporting talks were to resume tonight at 9:00 p.m. and lieberman is now in the mix because he is again seen as a linchpin for passage. addressing house democrats tonight, the president sought to reassure them not only that he knows what a bruising fight health care reform has been for them but promising he will campaign across the country to defend it and said he would love to fight republicans on whether to roll back the reforms the democrats hope to enact. >> i know everybody in the media is all in a tizzy. oh, what's t
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